If there’s a word we don’t use enough in the sector, it is service.
But I think that service defines who we are and what we do: we are servants of the public trust, and we serve our communities.
Service is neither glamorous nor easy. But there are no words to describe the feeling we get when we know our efforts have a made a difference in the lives of someone. In the health of our communities. In the state of our environment and the world.
That’s why it’s always a special opportunity to recognize those who have given so much of themselves—who have dedicated their lives to service.
At our Celebration of Philanthropy dinner during the recent International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore, AFP had the great honor to recognize four such individuals who have served and given back so much to the fundraising community and all of philanthropy:
- David M. Huffine, CFRE, vice president for St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, Va., is our 2015 Outstanding Fundraising Professional for the year.
- Richard K. Martin, CFRE, chief advancement officer for Lutheran Social Services in Detroit, Mich., received the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service for his contributions to the profession.
- Joyce Mitchell-Antoine, CFRE, vice president for development at Planned Parenthood South Atlantic headquartered in Raleigh, N.C, is the recipient of this year’s Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP.
- Joan Black, CFRE, consultant with Black Fund Development in Calgary, Alberta, was awarded this year’s Founder’s Medallion, in honor of her service to AFP and fundraising.